The Russian military base in Armenia has received a new batch of domestically-made unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the press office of Russia’s Southern Military District said on Monday.
"Modern domestically-made drones Takhion have entered service in the UAV unit of the Southern Military District’s military base located in the Republic of Armenia," the press office said in a statement, TASS reports.
The Russian military personnel will learn to operate new drones within a month at the Kamkhud and Alagyaz high-mountainous training ranges.
The Takhion UAV is designed for army reconnaissance day and night at a distance of up to 40 km. The drone can mount a video, photo or infrared camera. The UAV has a liftoff weight of about 25 kg and flight duration of up to 6 hours. Takhion drones are produced at the Urals-based Izhmash-UAV enterprise.
Moscow has deployed four MiG-29 fighter jets, modernized MiG-29S bombers and a Mi-8MT transport helicopter to Russia's airbase in Armenia near the border with Turkey. Located at Erebuni airport outside the capital, Yerevan, the Russian base already has nine fourth-generation MiG-29 planes capable of carrying a payload of up to 4,000 kilograms of weapons
Armenia is to be supplied with refurbished Il-76 and Su-30SM aircraft alongside armored vehicles, artillery and missiles from Russia. The news follows this weeks Armenian-Russian Intergovernmental Commission on Military-Technical Cooperation which discussed further bilateral trade and military-technical cooperation, Defense Industry Daily reported quoting Hayastan News
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